May 25 2015

#MotivationMonday Inspired Gift Ideas

Monday isn’t exactly the best day of the week, so we have some inspiration to make it better! Here are a few of our favorite Motivation Monday products with quotations that will get rid of that miserable Monday in minutes!

 

Here are the words we love!

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

“Very little is needed to make a happy life.”

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. – Katharine Hepburn

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I took the road less travelled.” – Frost

Happy Monday!

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May 22 2015

Congratulations to James D. our #KeepOneGiveOne Sweepstakes Winner!

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Thanks to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our winner, James D!

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May 20 2015

The Gift Insider’s Miami Bachelorette Weekend!

10 of my best friends threw me the most wonderful bachelorette party in Miami this past weekend and I’m so excited to share some of the highlights.  They nailed it. And I loved every second of it.

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Soon-to-Be Mrs. Schey banner w/ champs and vodka sodas!

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The cutest handmade photo props and hangover bags all made by my amazingly talented co-maid of honor, Aly.

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My two Co-MOHS (co-maids of honor) and the wonder women behind the most fun weekend, ever.

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A DIY Cheers Bitches banner made by Aly and a snapshot of our Miami “Apartment.”

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A DIY handmade Mrs. drink cup w/ mini veil and my handmade beautiful, beautiful sash.

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My Mrs. Schey robe for the day of the wedding! Not pictured: the cutest bikini veil.

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Photo props make the party.

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The sweetest game.  The girls asked Jon questions about our relationship, video recorded his answers then asked me and played what he said.  We crushed it.

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All the girls!  A huge thank you to my wonderful friends for being by my side celebrating such a wonderful time in our lives. I love you all to pieces.

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May 20 2015

Pinterest Picks: Summer Hostess Gifts Ideas

Summer is finally here, and the parties, BBQs, and picnics are starting! Hostess gifts are always important to show your gratitude, and we want to help you be the best guest there! Here’s our round-up of creative hostess gifts that will definitely be a hit!

DIY Freshly Squeezed Lemonade Basket

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Homemade lemonade is the perfect summer refresher! It is a total crowd pleaser, and any hostess would love to mix it up for all of the guests!

Via Fashion Meets Food

DIY S’mores Kit

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Yum! Who can turn down a box filled with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers?! Your hostess will love this delicious treat!

Via Today’s Fabulous Finds

White BBQ Sauce

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BBQs are one of the best parts of summer! Wow your hostess with this awesome recipe!

Via Jacolyn Murphy

DIY Cork Coasters and Summer Drinks Basket

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These DIY cork coasters are so cute and creative! Add in some summer drinks, outdoor glasses, and a pitcher for a fun and unique gift!

Via The Happy Housie

Homemade Chili Sriracha Hot Sauce

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This hot sauce is awesome for the daredevil hostess! If they love spicy foods, then this is the perfect gift to show your appreciation!

Via White On Rice Couple

 

Happy gifting!

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Apr 28 2015

Creative and Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

Mother's day gift picks

1. Photo Wallpaper by WeMontage 

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This is one of the most awesomely creative ideas.  WeMontage let’s you turn your photos into large scale, removable wallpaper.  You can have all your favorite photos up with no nails in the wall, no stressful attempts at perfectly lining up frames for a gallery wall.  Create a collage for Mom or Grandma with special moments from your lives.  She’ll be able to enjoy it every single day. Starts at $59.99

Use code giftinsider15 for 10% off

2. Flowers that Last 6 Months by Blooms by Heinau 

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These REAL, 100% natural fresch-cut blooms actually last 6 months or longer! These Blooms by Heinau  are cut at their peak, then the water and sap in the plant cells is replaced by a moisturizer prolonging it’s beauty. Amazing. They have 25+ colors of roses and hydrangeas w/50+ different arrangements. All natural, maintenance-free & requires absolutely no water.
$9.95 – $459

3. Customized Chocolate Gifts from Totally Chocolate 

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Here’s an sweet way to personalize a sweet treat for mom this year. Totally Chocolate offers this huge chocolate bar, 2 lbs, larger than a license plate, with customized lids – upload a sweet photo, pick a Happy Mother’s Day message and make it personalized just for her. You can also choose from different Mother’s Day messages to to be etched right into the chocolate.
$29.95 for each bar,
Use code: GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off

4. Cosmetic Cases + Travel Goodies from Burlington 

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When gifting to parents, many don’t love when you over-spend on gifts for them, especially luxe items they don’t always need.  If your mom is more of a practical gift lover, we found these adorable cosmetic cases at Burlington for under 5 bucks and filled them with fun travel and beauty necessities for a sweet and thoughtful way to give something they might really use, without spending too much. They’ll be so proud!

5. Made to Order Clutches from Merci New York 

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These clutches from Merci New York let you pick and choose exactly how you want them.  Choose from exotic python, embossed python or faux leather and then choose the vintage inspired brooch style you like, the color, etc. Beautifully made: flap top w/magnetic & zip closure, Interior zip pocket & beige ultra suede lining. Gold plated chain and findings.
Starts at $135

6. JARS by Dani 

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Live far from mom and want to send her something totally unique?  Send these totally adorable JARS, layers of her favorite desserts: sprinkles, cake, marshmallows, chocolate – you name it, all packed in an adorably cute jar.  The lids can be customized with a logo or photo or text of your choice.  Great spot to add a Mother’s Day message. 8oz Jars for $10/8 jar minimum or mini 4oz Jars for $6.25

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*The Gift Insider is highly curated and the picks are all items we think our readers will love giving as gifts.  Some items listed are sponsors of the site.

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Apr 23 2015

Green Gift Ideas In Honor of Earth Day

Cork Umbrella from Portugal

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Pelcor (a blend of the Portuguese words for skin (pel) & cork (cor), is a Portugal based cork accessories brand and has innovated the use of cork skin, creating products that are fabulously soft to the touch, sustainable & practical. This eco-chic Umbrella is impermeable, buoyant, pliant & even fire resistant.  You will also be supporting the environment – the Cork Oak tree from which the cork skin is sourced, is the only tree in the world whose bark regenerates itself, and it thrives as part of a unique worldwide ecosystem. Tall $180
Available at PelcorUsa.com

Sacky Sacks 

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Saving the earth & lookin’ good. Squishable, scrunchable squashable & ultra-compact, these super practical totes take you from supermarket to the beach or great for baby gear & travel. Made of Tyvek® Saky Sacks are crease resistant, washable & strong enough to carry 25 lbs & can be recycled.  Padded straps for comfort, key rings & inside pockets, lightweight & fold up in to a tidy little packet. City Saky, $20.00

Available at sakysaks.com

20% OFF CODE HERE

Emerald Heritage – Adopt a Plot of Land in Ireland

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A fun & eco-friendly opportunity to purchase a wee piece of Ireland. This is the first ever Irish conservation project formed due to the deforestation crisis in Ireland. Becoming a landowner/Squire ensures that the land can never be developed or destroyed. A gift to be passed down from generation to generation. Includes legal title & certificates, updates & GPS location so you can visit your land. Buy 1, 4 or 9 sq. ft. plots, ~$50 a sq. ft.

Available at emeraldheritage.com

15% OFF CODE HERE

Coyuchi Tea Towels 

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100% organic textiles from Coyuchi, the first brand to bring organic cotton bedding to the US.  Eco-conscious towels without artificial dyes or chemicals, promise. Coyuchi towels are made with the same quality, care & fine detail as its famous bedding. Loomed from pure organic cotton, with earth tone colors. Soft and thirsty & designed to dry quickly on towel bar & in the dryer. Set of 2 tea/kitchen towels, $15
Available at coyuchi.com

Green Herbal Tea Kit 

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Green Herbal Tea Kit-This holistic tea set invites you to sip from an array of nine herbs and three varieties of eco-certified, organic green tea from Japan, India, and Sri Lanka. Steep the loose leaf teas and herbs in the included, reusable tea bags made from biodegradable corn silk. $40.00

Available at uncommongoods.com

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Apr 20 2015

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts We Heart From Pinterest

No better way to tell mom she’s the best than with a totally cute DIY gift! Here are our favorite gift ideas to make mom feel extra loved!

Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

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Is there anything moms love more than pictures of the kids?! This is a cute and creative way to say I love you from the whole fam!

Via Home Stories A to Z

DIY Tile Photo Coasters

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These are a fun long-lasting way to show mom how much you love her! Pick some of her favorite family pictures and you will have the perfect decoration for the coffee table! She’ll love to show off this great gift to guests!

Via POPSUGAR

DIY Mug Decorating: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my mama you’ll be.”

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Get creative with words for a personalized mug for mom! Of course, the best way to give this gift is with coffee in bed!

Via The Resplendent

DIY Tea Tags

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Is your mother a tea lover? No doubt she’ll be so impressed and excited to have her favorite drink with a personal loving touch from her favorite people!

Via Lia Griffith

DIY Chocolate Bouquet

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Something yummy to say “thank you for everything you do”! Put a huge smile on mom’s face (and maybe some chocolate in her teeth) with this delicious chocolate bouquet!

Via Madigan Made

TGI Extra: Happy Mother’s Day from Dad!

Waking up to a fresh-made breakfast may be the best part of Mom’s day.  Say thank you to your wife with this yummy baked oatmeal.  A great dish for a perfect Mother’s Day brunch with the kids!

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Via Eat Simple Love Yoga

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Apr 14 2015

Win It! Wellograph Smart Watch Sweepstakes #KeepOneGiveOne

We are always on the hunt for cool, high-tech fitness accessories! Win the healthy living gift that has it all, and it’s even waterproof for up to 50 meters. The Wellograph Watch tracks all activity like fitness, heart-rate, stress, and sleep. If the man in your life is a total health-freak, wants to get in shape, or just reached a personal health goal, this is the perfect “For Him” gift to keep up the motivation.  To stay styling, the face comes in satin, black or white pearl: $299.00 with strap per watch.

Even better, we’re giving away TWO Wellograph Watches, a $599 value! This is awesome for maintaining and reaching healthy living goals together! Enter the sweepstakes in the widget below to have your chance to win this #KeepOneGiveOne Sweepstakes!

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Apr 9 2015

4 Gift Picks for the Health Conscious Bride and Groom (Seen on NY1 News)

Healthy Wedding Gift Ideas

1. Tower Garden by Juice Plus+
Grow fruits & vegetables on this super easy 5′ Tower Garden-a vertical aeroponic growing system that allows you to grow up to 20 plants.  It’s way easier than growing a large garden and healthier and cheaper than buying from the market. Perfect for patios, balconies—any relatively sunny place outside. No dirt needed. Includes everything you need to grow lettuce, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, basil & cucumber in just 4 weeks. An environmentally & economically smart choice. $45 a month (or a one-time payment of $525)
Available at towergarden.com

2. Cooking Guidelines Apron 
This Cooking Guidelines Apron is a cheeky but pretty practical all at the same time.  The apron functions as a regular apron but when you have a culinary questions like cooking times, measurement conversions, it’s all printed right on the apron. Give 2 so the couple can cook together. $25
Find it at UncommonGoods

3. Personalized Cutting Boards by Straga Products 
Handmade custom engraved cutting board is personal, functional & food grade ready. It’s the perfect off-the registry Bridal Shower or Wedding Gift for a couple that loves to cook. 4 natural wood choices & comes gift wrapped. 50+ designs to go w/free personalization. $39-$79, depending on size.
Available at stragaproducts.com
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4. Red Omega Juicer 
Chances are your bride and grooms have taken a stab at the juice cleanses pre-wedding.  Now let them save a little dough and create their own favorite blends at home with Omega’s VSJ843QR.  The new auger strains more juice & breaks down fiber to a smooth nutrient-dense juice for a huge cost & time savings. $459.95, Available at omegajuicers.com
20% Off Code Here

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Apr 9 2015

Round Up: Photo Books We Love

Photo books are great personalized gifts that will last forever! Whether it be for family, friends, newly weds, or soon-to-be moms, photo books will be a hit!

Artifact Uprising

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Artifact Uprising rocks with its Instagram Friendly Books! This is such an awesome idea and is great for anyone who loves artsy photos or just for fun times with friends that you don’t want them to forget!

Shutterfly

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Shutterfly is perfect for the family photo shoot, pictures of the kids, and so many special memories! This is a great gift for parents and grandparents who adore pictures of the people they love the most! The quality of the books are amazing, and the pictures are always vibrant!

Blurb

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Photo books from Blurb are unique and always awesome! We love how you can get totally creative and do anything from family photos to cook books! Any chef will be totally impressed!

Mosaic

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This is so cool and is perfect for photo books on the go! You can make them from your phone or tablet! Quick and easy! Nothing better than a personalized last-minute gift!

Milk Books

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The Milk photo books are gorgeous and totally classy! The matte art paper and hard cover look great around the house! Awesome wedding and housewarming gifts! A personal touch to a new home or new chapter of life is always so special!

Happy Gifting!

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